BIMD 202 - Introduction to Medical Microbiology Lecture
2023 Fall Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 2416
You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.
Times and Location
Online, asynchronous section with recorded lectures and digital assignments.
Office: SMHS W128
2023 Fall Office Hours:
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 am Columbia Hall B700 or by appointment in SMHS W128 or Zoom– Please use Starfish Appointment Scheduler
Zoom Personal Meeting Room: 2673599431
Office Phone: 701-777-4970
About the Professor
- BIMD 202L 01 - Introduction to Medical Microbiology Laboratory: TR 11am-12:50pm, Monica Norby
- BIMD 202L 02 - Introduction to Medical Microbiology Laboratory: Does Not Meet, Monica Norby
- BIMD 202L 03 - Introduction to Medical Microbiology Laboratory: TR 11am-12:50pm, Monica Norby
- BIMD 202L 04 - Introduction to Medical Microbiology Laboratory: TR 2pm-3:50pm, Monica Norby
- BIMD 202L 05 - Introduction to Medical Microbiology Laboratory: TR 2pm-3:50pm, Monica Norby
- BIMD 202L 06 - Introduction to Medical Microbiology Laboratory: TR 2pm-3:50pm, Monica Norby
- BIMD 202L 07 - Introduction to Medical Microbiology Laboratory: TR 11am-12:50pm, Monica Norby
Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in CHEM 116 or CHEM 121.
Credit Hours: 3 credit hours per week in an asynchronous, online environment
After completing BIMD 202, it is expected that students will achieve the following goals by meeting the associated objectives:
- Goal 1: Develop an understanding of the Impact of Microorganisms in Health and Disease
- Goal 2: Develop an understanding of Microbial Pathogenicity
- Goal 3: Develop an understanding of Identifying and Managing Infectious Disease
- Goal 4: Develop an understanding of Healthcare Associated Infections and Epidemiology
- Goal 5: Develop an understanding of Controlling Microbial Growth to Limit Disease
Required Text: Talaro's Foundations in Microbiology 12th edition (McGraw Hill) (eBook) with Connect Access. Hardcopy (optional)
- McGraw Hill Connect (access is purchased as a package along with digital copy of the textbook). You can register for Connect access by going through an assignment on Blackboard.
- See this short video: https://www.mheducation.com/highered/support/connect/first-day-of-class/ia-blackboard.html
- Connect technical support can be accessed through McGraw-Hill Higher Education Digital Technical Support at https://mhedu.force.com/CXG/s/StudentResources?dc=Student_Resources.
Blackboard Lessons Tab will contain weekly folders with all the content for that week. You have one week to complete the weekly work. All work from the previous week is due before 8:00 am on Mondays. New weekly content will be accessible after 8:00 am on Mondays.
Online Lectures and Power Point Slides
Online lectures and Power Point slides of them will be in the weekly folders – Each topic will have a series of lectures that provide an overview of the content. It is suggested that you start each topic by viewing the lectures. You are encouraged to take your own notes and make study guides of material in lectures and book.
Supplemental materials will be posted in Blackboard in Weekly Folders
McGraw-Hill Connect Materials for each week (Reading Assignments, Connect Assignments, Quizzes, and Exams) will be posted in Blackboard in Weekly Folders
As a student of BIMD 202, I expect that you
- fully review the course syllabus and go to it if you have questions before asking me;
- effectively interact with the course content, this includes watching video lectures, using the Connect Smart Book, and completing topic quizzes, readings, and assignments;
- and exercise academic honesty while completing all quizzes, in-class work, and exams.
As the instructor of BIMD 202, you should expect of me that I
- create a class environment that is worthwhile to you;
- and fairly grade assignments and exams, providing useful feedback in a timely manner.
Email is the best method of contact. If you are sending an email to Dr. Norby please use your UND email account and indicate your class/section. (For example BIMD 202 Lecture /ONLINE).
Emails will be responded to within 24 hours during the work week (Monday-Friday). Emails sent on the weekend will be responded to by 5:00 pm on Monday.
Communication is vitally important, especially if you end up in a situation where you are unable to complete assignments and exams as scheduled. Excused absences are given when a student provides a letter from UND coach/advisor/military officer or an email or call from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR). Excuses must be provided before the exam date. Excused absence exam make-ups are on a case-by-case basis and will need to be discussed with me prior to the exam.
Chapter Reading Assignments (5 points each)70
Each chapter (14 Chapters) will have a reading assignment on Connect. These readings will help to solidify the lecture content. Follow along with the schedule in the syllabus so you do not miss a reading assignment. No reading assignments submitted past the due date will be accepted and missed assignments will result in a zero. Any late assignments need to be arranged, directly with the instructor, PRIOR to the due date.
Connect Online Assignments (10 points each)120
Each week will have Connect assignments. These assignments will get you to dig a little deeper into the content of each topic. Watch the due dates posted in Connect and/or follow along with the schedule in this syllabus so that you do not miss an assignment. Assignments will not be issued extensions. Failure to complete in the allotted time will result in a zero in Blackboard. Any late assignments need to be arranged, directly with the instructor, PRIOR to the due date.
Weekly Quizzes (15 points each)165
Each week we will have an online quiz in Connect (11 quizzes). Follow along with the schedule in this syllabus so that you do not miss a quiz. Missed quizzes will result in a zero. Any late quizzes need to be arranged, directly with the instructor, PRIOR to the due date.
Disease Presentation 50
You will prepare and record a presentation on a microbial disease of either the skin and eyes, nervous system, cardiovascular/lymphatic system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, or genitourinary system. Your book chapters 18 through 25 will be good resources to get you started on your presentation. Presentations will occur as scheduled in the syllabus and sign-up for these presentations will be provided in Blackboard. Presentation assignment details and grading rubric will be posted in Blackboard.
Unit Exams 400
There will be a total of 4 units in this course with an exam at the end of each unit. Exam 1 - 100 points, Exam 2 - 70 points, Exam 3 - 100 points, Exam 4 - 130 points.
See the chapter breakdown and dates listed below in the Course Schedule. All exams will be administered through Connect. All exams will be proctored with no additional software needed. All exam absences must be arranged prior to the exam, directly with the instructor. Any exam absences not communicated prior to the exam will result in a zero.
Final Exam 200
The final exam will be comprehensive, covering material from throughout the semester. The final exam will be administered through Connect. The exam will be proctored with no additional software needed. There will be no make-up for missed final exams.
|Weekly Reading Assignments||70|
|Weekly Connect Assignments||
Final Grade Scale
< 59% F
Total points will be carried out to the tenths place value and rounded up to the nearest whole number for the final grade (≥5 is rounded up). For example, if your final grade is 79.4%, that would round to a 79% and you would have a C. If your final grade is 79.6%, that would round to an 80% and you will have a B. No exceptions will be made to this rounding.
Any suspected errors in grading must be called to my attention via e-mail.
Schedule of Topics and Assignments
Methods for Culturing & Microscopic Analysis of Microorganisms
|Chapter 1 Reading Assignment due 8/28 @ 8:00 am
Chapter 3 Reading Assignment due 8/28 @ 8:00 am
Week 1 Connect Assignment due 8/28 @ 8:00 am
Week 1 Quiz due 8/28 @ 8:00 am
|8/28||Chapter 4||A Survey of Prokaryotic Cells & Microorganisms||Chapter 4 Reading Assignment due 9/4 @ 8:00 am
Week 2 Connect Assignment due 9/4 @ 8:00 am
Week 2 Quiz due 9/4 @ 8:00 am
|A Survey of Eukaryotic Cells & Microorganism
An Introduction to Viruses, Viroids, & Prions
|Chapter 5 Reading Assignment Due 9/11 @ 8:00 am
Week 3 Connect Assignment Due 9/11 @ 8:00 am
Week 3 Quiz Due 9/11 @ 8:00 am
|9/11||Chapters 1, 3-6||Unit 1 Exam||Unit 1 Exam Due 9/18 @ 8:00 am|
|9/18||Chapter 13||Microbe-Human Interactions: Infection, Disease, & Epidemiology||Chapter 13 Reading Assignment Due 9/25 @ 8:00 am
Week 5 Connect Assignment Due 9/25 @ 8:00 am
Week 5 Quiz Due 9/25 @ 8:00 am
|9/25||Chapter 9||An Introduction to Microbial Genetics||Chapter 9 Reading Assignment Due 10/2 @ 8:00 am
Week 6 Connect Assignment Due 10/2 @ 8:00 am
Week 6 Quiz Due 10/2 @ 8:00 am
|10/2||Chapters 13 & 9||Unit 2 Exam||Unit 2 Exam Due 10/9 @ 8:00 am|
|10/9||Chapter 17||Procedures for Identifying Pathogens & Diagnosing Infections||Chapter 17 Reading Assignment Due 10/16 @ 8:00 am
Week 8 Connect Assignment Due 10/16 @ 8:00 am
Week 8 Quiz Due 10/16 @ 8:00 am
|An Introduction to Host Defenses & Innate Immunities
Adaptive, Specific Immunity, & Immunization
|Chapter 14 Reading Assignment Due 10/23 @ 8:00 am
Chapter 15 Reading Assignment Due 10/23 @ 8:00 am
Week 9 Connect Assignment Due 10/23 @ 8:00 am
Week 9 Quiz Due 10/23 @ 8:00 am
|10/23||Chapters 17, 14, 15||Unit 3 Exam||Unit 3 Exam Due 10/30 @ 8:00 am|
|10/30||Disease Presentations||Recorded Disease Presentations & Slides Due 11/6 @ 8:00 am via Blackboard|
|11/6||Chapter 7||Microbial Nutrition, Ecology, & Growth||Chapter 7 Reading Assignment Due 11/13 @ 8:00 am
Week 12 Connect Assignment Due 11/13 @ 8:00 am
Week 12 Quiz Due 11/13 @ 8:00 am
|11/13||Chapter 8||An Introduction to Microbial Metabolism: The Chemical Crossroads of Life||Chapter 8 Reading Assignment Due 11/20 @ 8:00 am
Week 13 Reading Assignment Due 11/20 @ 8:00 am
Week 13 Quiz Due 11/20 @ 8:00 am
|11/20||Chapter 11||Physical & Chemical Control Agents for Microbial Control||Chapter 11 Reading Assignment Due 11/27 @ 8:00 am
Week 14 Connect Assignment Due 11/27 @ 8:00 am
Week 14 Quiz Due 11/27 @ 8:00 am
|11/27||Chapter 13||Drugs, Microbes, Host - The Elements of Chemotherapy||Chapter 13 Reading Assignment Due 12/4 @ 8:00 am
Week 15 Connect Assignment Due 12/4 @ 8:00 am
Week 15 Quiz Due 12/4 @ 8:00 am
|12/4||Chapters 7, 8, 11, 13||Unit 4 Exam||Unit 4 Exam Due 12/11 @ 8:00 am|
|12/11||Cumulative knowledge||Final Exam||Final Exam Due 12/13 @ 5:00 pm|
This is a place to add things like resources, rubrics, etc.
It is expected that you complete all reading assignments, Connect assignments, Quizzes, and Exams on Connect as outlined in the course. Points will be awarded on successful completion of each assignment.
Watch the due dates listed in Connect. All items will be due before 8:00 am on the due date with the exception of the final. The final has a different due time and day of the week as listed in course material and Connect.
All late submissions must be approved by the instructor PRIOR to the due date. No late submissions without PRIOR approval will be accepted.
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